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"Haunting of Hill House" Anthology Gets Season 2 as Creators Ink Big Netflix Overall Deal

While Netflix doesn't release viewership data, this is one clear indicator that The Haunting of Hill House was a massive hit for the streamer.

Haunting creator Mike Flanagan and his longtime Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy have signed a big overall deal with Netflix that includes a second season of the anthology. Sources say the pact is for four or five years and worth in the low eight-figure range. Given that Hill House was the duo's first series, that sum is considered a sizable investment from the streamer that changed the overall deals space after handing out nine-figure deals to ...
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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’

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Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was ‘Dissatisfied With His Salary’
Chicago Police officials asserted Thursday that actor Jussie Smollett set up a hate crime hoax on Jan. 28 because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the Fox series “Empire.”

Police are holding a news conference to discuss the case that has made international headlines amid Smollett’s continued insistence that he was the victim of a vicious attack and he had no involvement in staging the incident. Smollett surrendered to police Thursday morning and will be charged today with filing a false police report.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers
The Walking Dead” definitely isn’t dead, but it is at an all-time low.

Sunday’s episode, titled “Omega,” averaged a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 15 percent from the prior week’s midseason premiere and slightly below its previous all-time demo low of 1.8 last fall.

This week also marked the show’s worst-ever performance in total viewers with 4.54 million people tuned in for Sunday’s episode. That’s down 12 percent from last week and less than the previous low of 4.71 million for the show’s second episode in 2010.

The episode aired against the NBC All-Star Game on TNT and TBS, likely accounting for the week-over-week declines.

The aging series has seen steep ratings declines across the past few years, with viewership numbers for Season 9 coming in well below the previous season. And moving forward, the
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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'

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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'
Daniel Craig has been James Bond for well over a decade, but the actor is already making plans for his future without the secret agent. According to Collider, Craig's first post-Bond film will be The Creed Of Violence, an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel of the same name which will be helmed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom). The project has been in development for
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"Frasier": Kelsey Grammer Hints That a Revival Will Be Announced Soon

Is Frasier really making a comeback? Recently, star Kelsey Grammer says a revival of the NBC TV show is coming soon, Today reports.

A spinoff of Cheers, the hit sitcom followed Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) as he settles in his hometown of Seattle with his father and younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The cast also included Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Moose, Enzo the Dog, Dan Butler, Tom McGowan, and Edward Hibbert. The series ran on NBC for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.

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Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days

Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days
Thor himself will be getting all tanned up to play WWE legend Hulk Hogan in a new movie.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play the wrestler in a project from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, 35, will portray Hogan, 65, during the time his wrestling career was on the rise. According to the outlet, the biopic won’t focus on Hogan’s eventual personal struggles but will be “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”

Hogan’s career, which began in the 70s, hit its peak during the 80s where he was often on magazine covers and appeared on talk-shows.
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"Lost Boys": Tyler Posey to Star in CW Pilot, Catherine Hardwicke to Direct

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The CW has found the cast and director for its “Lost Boys” pilot.

Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey has signed on to star in the adaptation as Michael, one of the two sons who move to the seaside town of Santa Carla with their mother. “Kingdom” alum Kiele Sanchez will play their mother Lucy, while the role of the younger brother has not yet been cast.

Medalion Rahimi (“Still Star-Crossed”) has also been cast in the pilot as Stella, the carefree Californian who has an immediate spark with Michael. Her boyfriend David, the bad-boy leader of a vampire gang, will be played by Dakota Shapiro (“Valley of the Boom”).

Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is also set to return to the vampire genre as director of the Warner Bros. TV pilot.

In the original 1987 film “The Lost Boys,
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Oscar Wilde Awards Continues Tradition of Honoring Creative Visionaries

Oscar Wilde Awards Continues Tradition of Honoring Creative Visionaries
The 2019 recipients of the Oscar Wilde Award, now in its 14th year, amply embody the values of sponsoring organization the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, created by Trina Vargo “with a vision,” as she puts it, “of making an old relationship contemporary, and inclusive.”

Slated to be feted on Feb. 21 at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot HQ in Santa Monica are part-Irish Glenn Close, as well as Ireland-born Aidan Gillen and Chris O’Dowd. Each one’s resume would surely inspire an appreciative nod from any Hibernian. In addition, each has contributed to an important — and remarkably timely — Irish-set film of this decade: Close starred in and co-wrote 2011’s gender-shifting Victorian fable “Albert Nobbs,” while the men played in 2014’s examination of clergy abuse’s legacy, “Calvary.”

Close earned a 1982 Obie for playing the biological female posing as a male hotel butler. “I never forgot her,” the star says. “It basically took
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Altice Aims to Carve Out Niche in Cable With Global-Themed i24News

Who would invest in the U.S. launch of a linear, 24/7 cable news network in the current climate of bloodletting for niche cable channels?

Patrick Drahi, the French-Israeli media mogul who controls Altice USA and Altice Europe, that’s who.

Multiple system operator Altice USA is slowly but steadily expanding the cable distribution base for i24News, the Tel Aviv-headquartered news channel that debuted in Israel and other markets in July 2013. The channel focuses on news from and related to the Middle East.

Altice USA, which owns the former Cablevision systems in the New York area, has used its
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‘Twilight Zone’ Trailer: See Adam Scott, Sanaa Lathan and Tracy Morgan Enter the Fifth Dimension (Video)

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Following a brief Super Bowl teaser, CBS All Access on Thursday released the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s upcoming reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

The anthology series will launch its first two episodes April 1, with new installments to be made available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11. Watch the trailer above, which features Tracy Morgan who was previously unannounced.

As TheWrap previously reported, Peele is executive producing and hosting the series, stepping into the role that original series’ narrator Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

Also Read: 'Twilight Zone' Teaser Sends CBS 'Off the Air' During Super Bowl (Video)

The anthology series’ previously-revealed cast members include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams,
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Imax Chief Marketing Officer Jl Pomeroy Exits Company (Exclusive)

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Imax global Chief Marketing Officer Jl Pomeroy has left her post at the company after a little less than two years with the premium theatrical exhibitor.

Imax CEO made the announce that Pomeroy would be leaving about a month ago in a memo to staff that was obtained by TheWrap.

“In her role as Chief Marketing Officer, [Pomerory] was tasked with bringing in the industry’s top talent to build a best-in-class marketing team, developing and launching a sophisticated brand campaign and producing the new Imax Brand Film. With confidence, ambition and pride in our brand, Jl also tasked herself with helping us ‘get our swagger back,'” Gelfond wrote in the memo. “I’m proud to say she has done all of those things and more. Thanks to her continued drive towards excellence and championing of the Imax brand, she more than achieved the goals we jointly set out upon her appointment.
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Watch U.S. Girls’ Voyeuristic Live Show in New ‘Time’ Video

U.S. Girls document the hypnotic quality of their live show with the intimate new “Time” video. Director Alex Kingswell takes a hands-on approach with the clip, filming Meghan Remy and her massive backing band side-stage during their sold-out performance 2018 at Canada’s Sappy Fest. The camera follows Remy as she dances, sings and steps out to a parking lot during a lengthy instrumental jam.

“Time” appears on the latest U.S. Girls LP, the acclaimed In a Poem Unlimited, which Rolling Stone named the 23rd-best album of 2018. The band
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Pete Bevacqua Expands Oversight of NBC Sports

Pete Bevacqua, who joined NBC Sports Group as president in September of last year, will gain more oversight of the NBCUniversal unit in the wake of a recent restructuring of the executive ranks of the corporation.

Bevacqua retains his role as president, but will oversee the entire NBC Sports Group portfolio, adding NBC Olympics, production, and operations, among others, to his areas of responsibility, effective immediately. He had been managing programming, marketing, digital, golf and the NBC Sports Regional Networks. Bevacqua continues to report to Mark Lazarus, the chairman of NBC Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News, and will remain based
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Listen: Conversations With This Year’s Spirit and Oscar Nominees

Listen: Conversations With This Year’s Spirit and Oscar Nominees
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

The film awards season finally comes to an end this weekend with the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the 91st Academy Awards. Here at “Playback” we’ve spoken to a number of individuals throughout the year who have been nominated for prizes at these events, so as we enter the home stretch, today’s clip show will give you brief insights into each of the work of each of these contenders. See below for a listing of guests, and be sure to tune in this weekend to see if they bring home the gold.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)

Oscars: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role,
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Stx Acquires Us Rights to Guy Ritchie’s Action-Comedy ‘Bush’ from Miramax

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Stx has acquired the U.S. rights to “Bush,” the next film from director Guy Ritchie, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The studio got the film, previously titled “Toff Guys,” out of the European Film Market from Miramax, which agreed to finance the picture and handle worldwide rights back in May 2018.

Matthew McConaughey stars alongside Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery (taking over from Kate Beckinsale). “Bush” will explore the collision between old money in Europe and the modern marijuana industrial complex when a very British drug lord tries to sell off his empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Also Read: 'King Arthur' Bombed: 6 Reasons Why

Ritchie, who is directing and producing, wrote the script with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson. Ritchie’s upcoming film is the live action remake of “Aladdin” at Disney, and “Bush” represents a return to
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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77

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Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Dies at 77
Peter Tork, bassist, keyboardist and singer for iconic late ’60s pop-rock band The Monkees died on Thursday. He was 77.

Tork’s death was confirmed by his sister, Anne Thorkelson, to The Washington Post. Thorkelson did not share the cause of death or where Tork died. His Twitter and Facebook accounts announced his death shortly after.

“Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share,” a message attributed to the Peter Tork Facebook Team said.

Also Read: WWE Hall of Famer Pedro Morales Dies

It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world. As we have mentioned in the past, the Ptfb team is…
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Showtime’s ‘Halo’ Series Enlists ‘Robin Hood’ Director Otto Bathurst

Showtime’s adaptation of the wildly popular video game “Halo” has found its new director.

The network has announced that Otto Bathurst will assume the director’s chair for multiple episodes, as well as serving as Ep for the live-action series.

Bathurst’s most recent directorial credits include last year’s adaption of “Robin Hood” with Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx, and brief stints on critically-acclaimed British shows “Peaky Blinders” and “Black Mirror.”

Previously, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Director Rupert Wyatt was in the frame to helm the show, but he announced in December he had to
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‘Haunting of Hill House’ Renewed as Anthology, Creators Ink Overall TV Deal at Netflix

‘Haunting of Hill House’ Renewed as Anthology, Creators Ink Overall TV Deal at Netflix
The Haunting of Hill House” is returning to Netflix–sort of.

The streaming giant has ordered a new installment in what they are calling “The Haunting” anthology, meaning the next chapter of the horror series will feature an entirely new story and new characters from those seen in the first season.

In addition, Netflix has entered into a multi-year overall television deal with series creator Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy. Under the deal, Flanagan and Macy will produce new TV projects exclusively for Netflix.

“Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave
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‘Halo': Otto Bathurst Replaces Rupert Wyatt as Director, Showtime Cuts Episode Order

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Showtime has found its new director for its upcoming “Halo” series.

Otto Bathurst is coming aboard the project as director and executive producer. Bathurst steps in for Rupert Wyatt, who dropped out due to scheduling reasons. Bathurst most recently directed last year’s “Robin Hood” reboot that starred Taron Egerton as the titular character. He also directed the first episode (“The National Anthem”) of Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror.”

Bathurst will direct multiple episodes of the series, which now has a nine-episode order, one less than the initial 10 that Showtime ordered. It will begin production later this year.

Also Read: Rupert Wyatt Steps Down as Director, Producer of Showtime's 'Halo' Series

Showtime entertainment co-president Jana Winograde told TheWrap last month that the network was hopeful to have a new director on board soon. “We think of it a little bit like a tentpole movie in the sense that,
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‘Haunting of Hill House’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix – With New Story and Characters

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‘Haunting of Hill House’ Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix – With New Story and Characters
The Haunting of Hill House” creator Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy have signed a multi-year overall television deal with Netflix, the streamer announced Thursday.

And yes, as part of that pact, the service has renewed Flanagan and Macy’s horror series — now labeled an “anthology” — for a second season. But “The Haunting’s” return doesn’t equal the Crain family’s return.

Per Netflix, “Flanagan and Macy will develop and produce new series exclusively for Netflix, including an all-new chapter in ‘The Haunting’ anthology, with the next installment chronicling a new story with all new characters.”

Also Read: 'Haunting of Hill House' Creator Shuts Down Red Room Theories: Fans Can Take Ending at 'Face Value'

We can’t say Flanagan didn’t totally warn you this would be the case for Season 2 — which does not yet have a launch date — seeing as he definitely flat out said the Crains’ story was over,
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